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5:55 PM ET, September 8, 2010

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Makes It Official: Piers Morgan Will Replace Larry King  —  CNN said Wednesday that Piers Morgan would take over for Larry King next January, putting an end to speculation about one of the most prized time slots in television.  —  Mr. Morgan, the British-born journalist and talent show judge …
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Alan Duke / CNN:
Larry King replacement named  —  (CNN) — British TV host Piers Morgan will take over Larry King's prime-time hour with “a candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program” starting in January, CNN announced Wednesday.  —  Morgan, best known to American viewers as a judge on NBC's “America's Got Talent …
Michael Wolff / Newser:
News Corp. Is Freaking Out  —  Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWolffNYC  —  “You don't get it,” a member of News Corporation's inner circle in London told me last night, about the phone hacking scandal.  “If there was a conspiracy in the company, the conspiracy was to keep Rupert from knowing.”
Discussion: The Independent, Guardian and CJR
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Nick Davies / Guardian:   Phone hacking was rife at NoW, claims new witness
Bloomberg:
New York Times Shares and Options Rise on Slim Takeover Speculation  —  New York Times Co. shares rose as much as 8 percent and bullish options trading surged to a six- month high on renewed speculation the newspaper publisher may be acquired.  —  Almost 6,400 calls to buy the stock changed hands …
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV to Roll Out World-Wide Next Year  —  BERLIN—Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said the Internet giant plans to launch its Google TV platform globally next year, in the company's latest move to expand its reach outside its core U.S. market.  —  Google used Mr. Schmidt's …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Multichannel News
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NPR's Argo Launches With Dozen Sites In Search Of Sustainability  —  NPR promised to launch its $3 million local journalism effort Project Argo this summer and it's making the deadline with days to spare.  The Argo Network goes live officially today: twelve sites hosted by 14 stations …
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Lois Beckett / The Snitch:
NPR Takes ‘Web-First’ Approach to Blogging. What Does That Mean?
Discussion: rbr.com
Associated Press:
Tribune names head of restructuring effort  —  CHICAGO - Tribune Co. promoted its general counsel to the position of chief restructuring officer on Wednesday as it attempts to lift itself out of Chapter 11 protection.  —  The publisher, which owns the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune …
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
At Fashion Week, It's Where You Sit That Counts  —  Bright and early Monday morning (Labor Day, though you wouldn't know it), every seat in the offices of the fashion publicist Paul Wilmot was filled with a young account executive whose holiday weekend was being disrupted by the mechanics …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Observer
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Brandon Holley Leaves Yahoo, Heads Back To Conde Nast As Editor Of Lucky  —  Back in March, Brandon Holley spoke with The New York Times about how “her new life as a digital women's-service journalist is much less glamorous than her old one at Condé Nast's glossy dream factory,” …
The Wrap:
New Media Upstarts Relying on Journalism for a Change  —  New websites are launched every day — most, it would appear, involving photos of cats in compromising situations.  Sites with real impact potential pop up less often.  —  Yet three recent digital media launches — Capital New York …
Steve Rubel / The Steve Rubel Stream:
Google Instant Makes SEO Irrelevant  —  Google today launched an ambitious effort to speed up searching.  But what they really did is kill SEO.  —  Google says: … The most important consideration for marketers or anyone who creates content, however, is in the bullets...
Gabe Rivera / The Atlantic Wire:
MEDIA DIET: Gabe Rivera: What I Read  —  How do people deal with the torrent of information that rains down on us all?  What's the secret to staying on top of the news without surrendering to the chaos of it?  In this series, we ask people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.
Tom Peck / The Independent:
Porn boss to oversee children's TV at Five  —  “Suburban orgies” and “Wobbling Whoppers” are all in a day's work for Paul Dunthorne, the managing director of Television X, Richard Desmond's network of adult pay-TV channels.  But in an unusual case of diversification, the executive has just welcomed …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Glamour Promotes Its Brand and Its Readers  —  FOR decades, fans of soap operas have been watching the exploits of the young and the restless.  Now, will the readers and advertisers of a well-known woman's magazine want to be, or reach, the young and the posh?
Holly Yeager / CJR:
Boy, Look Who National Journal's Been Hiring  —  So far only 20% of high-profile hires are women; not good  —  The National Journal Group has been generating a lot of buzz lately with big-name hires like Major Garrett, Matt Cooper, Marc Ambinder and Michael Hirsh.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Jim Wiatt, ex-William Morris Chief, Takes Content Strategy Job With AOL  —  Jim Wiatt, the subject of much speculation after a bruising exit from William Morris Endeavor last year, will be joining the Internet portal AOL as a strategic advisor to develop content partnerships across media and entertainment.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Gordon McLeod Resigns As President, WSJ Digital  —  Gordon McLeod is leaving Dow Jones (NSDQ: NWS) effective October 1.  The president of the Wall Street Journal Digital network announced his resignation in an internal memo this morning, telling his team: “A lot has changed in the digital world since I joined you four years ago.
Discussion: The Wire
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Sarnoff Leaves Dow Jones To Join BBC Worldwide America As COO  —  Herb Scannell continues to pull former Viacom (NYSE: VIA) colleagues into BBC Worldwide America.  The latest is Ann Sarnoff, who left Dow Jones after four years to be Scannell's COO.  Sarnoff was president of Dow Jones Ventures …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Newsweek makes the publisher's case for not sending print journalists onto TV news shows.  —  Appearing on television can be good for a print journalist's career.  But does it add any publicity value to the publications for which they write and edit?  The decline and sale of Newsweek indicates …
Discussion: Romenesko
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Tina Brown Reaffirms Commitment to Daily Beast; 'I'm Not Serious About The ‘Newsweek’ Thing!'  —  Earlier tonight Tina Brown co-hosted a book party for Harold Ford Jr.'s More Davids Than Goliaths at Barbetta on West 46th Street.  Drinks were in the garden.  —  The Observer asked Ms. Brown …
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wire and On Media's Blog
Nate Freeman / New York Observer:
Fidel Castro Has The Atlantic Over for a Visit  —  It's not your typical relaxing day in Martha's Vineyard: while on vacation, Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg got a call out of the blue from Fidel Castro's office, inviting him down to the island for a chat, he explains in a piece titled …
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Wall Street Journal takes on New York Times
Discussion: BoomTown, On Media's Blog and Gothamist
Leon Neyfakh / The New York Observer:
Foursquare's Alex Rainert: Key to Dominating Location Space …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Buys Amie Street's Digital Music Store, Shuts It Down
Holly Brubach / New York Times:
Clubhouse Confidential  —  Gay Talese left the prime real estate to his colleagues.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the media: For Young Turk Cenk Uygur, TV is the next frontier
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Don't save your links for the end — it's more distracting!
Discussion: Salon
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Do People Want ‘Amateur Hour’ on Their TVs?
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Blog platform Tumblr's soaring traffic brings growing pains
 Earlier Picks: 
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Disney, Sony Pair Up to Sell 3D TVs
Discussion: Variety
Luisa Beltran / PE Hub Blog:
Ex-Modern Luxury CEO Sues Company
Jonathan Weber / The Bay Citizen:
Working with The New York Times
Nieman Foundation News:
Nieman Foundation and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting join forces …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Andrew Fitzgerald / Promiscuous Intelligence:
Citizen Medicine and Citizen Journalism
Lucas Graves / CJR:
Traffic Jam  —  We'll never agree about online audience size